The Global Water Initiative (GWI) was an action-research and advocacy programme that ran from 2008-17. The project is now closed. This site is no longer being updated, but allows access to GWI outputs until 1 October 2020 when it will also close. After that date, information about the project and core GWI technical publications will continue to be available from the IIED website and Publications Library.

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Ghana

From demonstration latrines to Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

English

In 2008 GWI began a sustainable sanitation project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal. We focused primarily on implementing ‘demonstration latrines’ in rural areas, where the culture of open defecation (OD) and non-hygienic disposal of children’s faeces was widespread. However, demonstration latrines (particularly the government promoted Ventilated Improved Pit latrine) proved ineffective in terms of cost, sustainability and replication.

6th World Water Forum - solution proposed to ensure sustainable water supply

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The GWI Mali team presented this template for proven solutions at the 6th World Water Forum (held in Marseille in 2012). We document the establishment of the Malian focus group for the repair of water facilities, outlining the problems that were resolved and the potential for wider application of this method. Our approach promotes close collaboration between public and private institutions, since this is beneficial for sustainable water infrastructure. We recommend that all facilities should automatically be replaced after 20 years, through the State Water Fund.

 

Hydrological study of the Black Volta Basin, Ghana and Burkina Faso

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Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast all share the natural resources of the Black Volta river basin. Collaborative water management is therefore crucial to help build and maintain mutual trust. In fact, the resources of the Black Volta basin could meet all of the area’s water needs until at least 2030, and there is much untapped potential (for example, most of the Ghanaian land in the basin is not yet developed for sustainable agriculture).

GWI WA M&E methodology: set of learning tools

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GWI was initially conceived as a ten year programme and IIED, working with IWEL, developed a Monitoring and Evaluation strategy with two components. Firstly a results-based approach to monitoring the delivery of 11 programme outcomes by 2017 using standardised regional data, starting from baselines established in 2009 and 2010. Secondly an internal process of learning, sharing and communicating lessons and experience within project teams across the region, and with other local and national actors.

From demonstration latrines to Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

English

In 2008 GWI began a sustainable sanitation project in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal. We focused primarily on implementing ‘demonstration latrines’ in rural areas, where the culture of open defecation (OD) and non-hygienic disposal of children’s faeces was widespread. However, demonstration latrines (particularly the government promoted Ventilated Improved Pit latrine) proved ineffective in terms of cost, sustainability and replication.

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